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Outings Styles

Explore

General naturalist hikes that provide an opportunity to enjoy the scenery on protected lands.

Discover

Outings with experts on special topics that allow time for in-depth hands-on learning in the field.

Experience

Activities designed to increase observational skills and use of the senses in getting to know the landscape.

Level Ratings

  1. Mostly flat with well-maintained trails
  2. Some inclines with good trails or mostly flat with less developed trails
  3. Some steep inclines and/or no trails
  4. Steep routes with questionable trails and fearless hike leaders

 

On the Land Outings

Sears Point Interpretive Talks and Bird Walks

Every Saturday at the Sears Point Tidal Marsh from 9am to 12 noon

Walk the newest section of the Bay Trail and experience the tidal marsh lands. Docents will be on hand to answer questions and orient visitors to the site. No registration needed!
Parking area on Reclamation Road just south of the Lakeville Hwy/Hwy 37 intersection.

Fall Outings 2016

Yoga in Nature Hike at Laufenburg Ranch
Raptor Hikes:
Pole Mountain, Estero Ranch
Wildlife and Humanity at Glen Oaks Ranch:
Writing, Tracking, Wild Edible Plants, Winemaking
Lectures at the Baylands:
History, Climate Change, Raptors and Shorebirds
40th Anniversary Field Trips:
Forest Management, The Spectrum of Forests

Yoga in Nature Hike at Laufenburg Ranch
October 8 (Saturday), 2—6pm

$20 members/$35 non-members (free with new membership!)
Register Online
Join viniyoga instructor Leslianne Lee and naturalist Bruce Hartsough for a nature walk and mindful yoga alongside Bidwell Creek in Knights Valley. Journey through the oak woodlands and integrate awareness of nature with awareness of the inner self. Beginners and up are welcome.


Raptor Hikes

Pole Mountain Raptor Hike
With Larry Broderick
October 2
(Sunday) and October 16 (Sunday), 10am−4pm
Free and open to all
October 2
Register Online
October 16
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Observe the skies, and the birds of prey flying in them, from high atop the mountain on this 6-mile roundtrip hike from our Little Black Mountain Preserve.

Level 4
Steep routes with questionable trails and fearless hike leaders

Raptor Walks at Estero Ranch
With Larry Broderick
September 25
(Sunday) and October 23 (Sunday), 10am—2pm
Members only. Free
September 25
Register Online
October 23
Register Online
Get a glimpse of the fall hawk migration from the bluff tops of the newly protected preserve on the southernmost stretch of the Sonoma Coast.

Level 3
Some steep inclines and/or no trails.

Wildlife and Humanity at Glen Oaks Ranch

This series of activities is focused on our historically and naturally rich Glen Oaks Ranch. This preserve sits at the heart of a wildlife corridor pinchpoint. Join us in getting to know the land and its inhabitants as we track wildlife, harvest wild foods and journey into the past.

Evoking a Creative Response to Nature — A Writing Adventure with Dave Seter
August 20
(Saturday), 4−6pm (Preserve open until 8pm)
$20 members/$35 non-members/kids free
This event is over.
Join writer Dave Seter in exploring the juncture of humans and landscape, nature and the built world. Taking inspiration from the creative work of John Muir, Mary Oliver and writers of the wild, we will learn techniques for making an impact with our words, spend time in the field observing nature and develop strategies for capturing our impressions on the page. Open to all ability levels.

Level 2
Some inclines with good trails or mostly flat with less developed trails.

Reading the Landscape — Wildlife Tracks and Signs in the Heart of a Wildlife Corridor
With Meghan Walla-Murphy
September 11
(Sunday), 9am—noon (Preserve open until 2pm)
$20 members/$35 non-members/kids free
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The landscape can tell us so many things if we pause to learn its language. Join wildlife ecologist and tracker Meghan Walla-Murphy for a morning of developing pattern literacy and understanding the signs of nature, and leave with a sense of knowing your surroundings in a more intimate way.

Level 2
Some inclines with good trails or mostly flat with less developed trails.

Wild Edible Plants — Fall Feasts in the Forest with Tamara Wilder
October 9
(Sunday), 10am—12:30pm (Preserve open until 2pm)
$20 members/$35 non-members/kids free
Register Online
Bay nuts, acorns, manzanita berries — the forest provides an abundance of wild foods. Explore the fall abundance with Tamara Wilder, and gain an introduction into how to harvest and process these gifts of nature.

Level 2
Some inclines with good trails or mostly flat with less developed trails.

Winemaking in the Sonoma Valley — A History of Grape-growing, Innovative Women and Transformed Landscapes
November 12
(Saturday), 10am—1pm
Free and open to all
Register Online
Join Arthur Dawson and the Sonoma Resource Conservation District to discover the rich history of wine grapes in Sonoma Valley and the women who became leaders of the industry. Also enjoy stories of the past while visiting the historic mansion and vineyard at Glen Oaks Ranch.
This outing is part of the Agricultural Heritage Series brought to you by the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District and the Sonoma Resource Conservation District in partnership with Sonoma Land Trust. The outing is made possible by the voters of Sonoma County who fund the Ag and Open Space District's work with a quarter-cent sales tax, and supporters of Sonoma Land Trust.

Level 1
Some inclines with good trails or mostly flat with less developed trails.

Lectures at the Ralph Benson Baylands Center

Deepen your knowledge of the bay with special hour-long presentations at the Ralph Benson Baylands Center. Afterwards, join in free docent-led tours of the newly restored tidal marsh.

Always in Transition — Ongoing Changes in the Baylands from the Ice Age to the Future
With Arthur Dawson
September 3 (Saturday), 9—10am
$10 members/$15 non-members
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Join Arthur Dawson in tracing the story of the lands along the bay from prehistoric times to the future, looking at the human and natural forces that have been at work on the land over the past millennia, with a special focus on the farming period from 1890 to 1940.

Level 1
Mostly flat with well-maintained trails

Adapting to Sea Level Rise in the Bay
With Roger Leventhal
October 1 (Saturday), 9—10am
$10 members/$15 non-members
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Look into the future of the bayshore as climate change raises the level of the sea — and learn about adaptation strategies designed to meet the reality of that future.

Level 1
Mostly flat with well-maintained trails

Raptors and Shorebirds — They Love the Bay, Too!
With Larry Broderick
November 5 (Saturday), 9—10am
$10 members/$15 non-members
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Hundreds of thousands of birds migrate through and live by the bay. Learn which birds are likely to be seen and discover how to spot them in the sky, on the water and on the landscape.

Level 1
Mostly flat with well-maintained trails

40th Anniversary Field Trips

This fall, gain insight into some of the projects with which Sonoma Land Trust has been involved in the forests of northwest Sonoma County on these day-long catered and chauffeured field trips.
Members only. $60. Transportation and local, seasonal lunch provided.

The Benefits of Forest Management
Berry's Mill, Jenner Headlands, Coast Ridge Community Forest
September 10
(Saturday), 9am—6pm
Register Online
The forested landscapes of Sonoma County have been shaped by logging, fire and other human activities that have evolved over the years. Join SLT's Amy Chesnut and Ariel Patashnik, Brook Edwards of The Wildlands Conservancy, the Berrys, and members of the Coast Ridge Community Forest to learn about the benefits of actively managing our forests for a healthy ecosystem, economy and community.

Level 2
Some inclines with good trails or mostly flat with less developed trails.

The Spectrum of Forests — From Sustainable Harvests to Protecting Old-Growth
Redwood Empire Sawmill and Howlett Ranch
October 21
(Friday), 9am—6pm
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Howlett Ranch spans 1,400 acres in northwest Sonoma County and contains one of the county’s last remaining stands of privately held, old-growth redwood forest. Join us for a visit to this jewel that Sonoma Land Trust and our partners are working to protect. We’ll start the day with a visit to Redwood Empire Sawmill to learn about locally-produced wood products. From there, on our way to Howlett Ranch, we’ll drive through Buckeye Forest (formerly known as Preservation Ranch), a 19,645-acre protected and managed forest.

Level 2
Some inclines with good trails or mostly flat with less developed trails.

Email us at outings@sonomalandtrust.org or call 707.526.6930 ext. 110 for more information.

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